Amazing Turnaround!

March 8, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Washington can clinch a share of its first Pac-10 title since 1990, and complete the greatest turnaround in the conference's 15-year history when itvisits Southern California on Thursday.

The Huskies (19-7, 12-5) finished ninth in the Pac-10 last year, but need awin against the Women of Troy, or in their season finale at UCLA on Saturday,coupled with a loss by Arizona in either of its final two contests to clinchthe conference title outright.

Regardless of what the Wildcats do, Washington can clinch a share of theconference crown by beating USC (11-15, 6-10). Two Washington victories wouldalso give the Huskies outright possession of the Pac-10 championship.

It would be the Huskies' third conference title and certainly its mostsurprising after a dismal 8-22 mark last season, which included a 4-12 recordin its first 16 conference games.

Megan Franza scored 14 points and buried her school-record 193rd career3-pointer as the Huskies took over sole possession of first place in theconference with Saturday's 80-64 triumph over Washington State.

Washington has won three in a row and eight of nine.

'This (Pac-10) race has been unbelievable all year,' Washingtoncoach Jane Daugherty said. 'It has been crazy, wacky, wild. We are going tocontrol what we can control and hopefully stay healthy and keep taking it oneday at a time and one game at a time. It has worked so far and we are not goingto change our M.O.'

Crazy, wacky and wild would also be an apt description for the last meetingbetween the Huskies and Women of Troy on Jan. 7.

Franza scored six of her 18 points in the third overtime when Washingtonfinally pulled away for a 91-79 triumph over USC.

It was the first triple-overtime game in Huskies history and the second forthe Women of Troy, who also went three overtimes at Long Beach State on March1, 1982.

Washington can also complete its first 20-win campaign since 1994-95.

The Huskies lead the all-time series, 17-12.

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